The linen stitch also called the moss stitch, is very versatile and typically used as a beginner stitch. It’s a great woven stitch for blankets, scarves, dishcloths, pot holders, and more! In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process of creating the perfect crochet linen stitch.

Even if you’re the most experienced crocheter, the linen stitch is a great choice for pretty projects. So, grab your preferred mm hook and some yarn, and let’s get started!

Linen stitch crochet swatch in assorted colors of yellow, pink,white, purple, blue, and green.
Don’t you just love the linen stitch?

Linen stitches are a great way to turn out beautiful baby blankets, gorgeous scarves, or good, sturdy dishcloths. By using the linen stitch, you can finish crochet items quickly, boosting your crocheting confidence. If you’d like to try your hand at stitching more difficult stitches like decorative gathered stitches, I’ll share some tutorials at the end of this post. 

Now, let’s get started with our photo tutorial for creating this cute linen stitch, starting with our foundation chain.

Linen stitch crochet swatch in assorted colors of yellow, pink,white, purple, blue, and green.
Learning how to make this beautiful stitch is easier than you think.


How To Make a Linen Crochet Stitch: Step-By-Step

Materials Needed:

-Crochet hook (Here’s a guide to pick the right needle size mm crochet hook here)

-Yarn {choose your favorite color and worsted weight cotton yarn (base yarn weight on what you want to create)}

-Scissors to snip your yarn when finished

-Darning needle to finish off your ends


Step 1: Foundation Chain & Row 1

The linen stitch will work with any length foundation row as long as there are an even number of stitches. The number of stitches I used for this sample was 20 chain stitches. To begin, single crochet(sc) in the fourth chain(ch) from the hook. If you need help understanding how to create foundation chain(labeled as ch ongoing) stitches, start here. Next, you’ll work the pattern of *ch 1, skip 1, sc in the next ch*, repeating it for nine linen stitches. Your 9th stitch is actually the last stitch of the row, bringing you to the end of the row. Ch 2 and turn your work(ch 2 is your first sc of row 2).

Linen stitch crochet swatch in assorted colors of yellow, pink,white, purple, blue, and green.
Don’t you just love the linen stitch?

Step 2: Row 2 Linen Stitches

Remember, the ch 2 at the end of the previous row counts as a sc, and you’ll have half as many linen stitches as you do ch stitches in the foundation ch. Begin this row by doing a sc in the first ch-1 space. This is technically your second sc in the row. Continue in the pattern of *ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 sp* for 8 more stitches for a total of 10 single crochet stitches in row 2. Ch 2 and turn(this is your first sc of row 3).

Linen stitch crochet swatch in assorted colors of yellow, pink,white, purple, blue, and green.
The linen stitch is simply a beautiful crochet stitch!

Step 3: Row 3 Repeat Row Of Linen Stitches

Row three and every subsequent row is a row repeat of row 2. This linen stitch pattern creates two sides of your work. The right side of the work provides a stunning woven look, whereas the wrong side of the work is a beautiful moss stitch. The woven effect produced by stitching into the chain spaces and having only a two-row pattern makes this simple stitch very similar to that of a seed stitch.

Knowing a variety of crochet stitches, like the linen stitch, will give you the confidence to attempt more advanced stitches in future projects. Experiment with scrap yarn or leftover yarn in varying colors using the linen stitch, or perhaps try your hand at a linen stitch knitting pattern. 

Note: Keep in mind that while we’ve described the single crochet stitch in US terms, the equivalent in UK terms is half treble crochet stitch.

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My Favorite Crochet Tools

  • If you are like me and like to crochet on the go, this tote is a stylish way to keep everything you need at your fingertips!
  • My MOST FAVORITE tool is these portable scissors that always make it through security and fit perfectly in my hook case.
  • A️ yarn bowl is a beautiful way to wrangle yarn while crocheting
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  • Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos is the most handy resource!

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Tips and Basic Crochet Stitch Tutorials:

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